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Mission San Jose

6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, TX 78124 (Harlandale)
210 229 4770
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Ranked #4 of 197 attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Historic Sites
Activities: Getting married
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this... more » Owner description: Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass. « less
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

After seeing the Alamo we stopped by the Visitors Center to see which other missions were nearby. . . the employees were very helpful but she made sure we knew that Mission San Jose was not to be missed. Very thankful she stressed that. We were in awe when we arrived, it's gorgeous and so neat to be able to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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130 reviews 130 reviews
66 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is not to be missed. It is a large mission with wonderful chapel (and still part of an active parish in which it is located). Great movie before going to the mission sets the stage and gives background of the area. Has wonderful façade and bell tower. Has area where workers lived still intact as well as places for... More

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Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

restored perfectly. Guide in mill house Mr Byrd was knowledgeable and willing to share with enthusiasm. Chapel was awe inspiring. If you love history, you will never forget this place.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Peaceful! Beautiful! Engaging and informative! When in San Antonio, visiting the Alamo is required but visiting Mission San Jose is a delight. Be sure to see the informative and balanced film at the visitors center. Visit the website and note the times for a ranger guided tour. They do a really great job of sharing the mission of the Mission... More

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Toronto, Canada
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136 reviews 136 reviews
107 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Can't say enough of the beauty and the architecture. Kids got a lesson in history. Would love to go there again.

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Sarasota, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Enjoyed just walking around learning about the history of the place. Alot of small little shops run by locals. very nice.

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Central Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I believe this is the most complete mission on the Mission Trail through San Antonio. Visitors can walk freely about it and explore. The chapel is the treasure; it is quiet lovely. Just be careful to peek in before entering; we walked in on a wedding in progress. The visitors' center as you enter shows an excellent film about mission... More

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Austin, Texas
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29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was more enjoyable than expected. Be sure to watch the movie and visit the small indoor museum at the entrance area. Kids can pick up a workbook and if they answer the questions then they can earn a gold Ranger Badge. If you go during the summer then beware of the heat when you are exploring the grounds. Take... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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106 reviews 106 reviews
71 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were fortunate to meet up with the park ranger tour guide. He explained everything about the mission which made the attraction so much better. It is free and worth a visit if you have the time. We visited on June 19, 2014.

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is the best preserved mission of the five in San Antonio. It is actually used as a church now with Sunday services. Give yourself at least 1.5 hours to walk the grounds, go into the 1720 building, see the movie, and read and look at the exhibits. It will leave a lasting memory for you.

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